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If you're interested in other Canadian student guide programs in France, please check out the work experience opportunities at the Juno Beach Centre!

Interested in an AMAZING work and life experience? Want to learn more about Canada, France and yourself?

The Student Guide Program is a unique, rewarding opportunity for Canadian youth to live and work in France, learn Canadian history and meet people from around the world.

Every four months, Veterans Affairs Canada hires 15-18 dynamic students from across Canada to work as guides at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in northern France.

To apply, you must:

  • be a full-time post-secondary student
  • be fluently bilingual in English and in French
  • have strong public speaking skills, and
  • have experience working with the public

The job 

 Student guides:

  • welcome visitors from around the world
  • provide information on Canada’s military history for visitors to understand and appreciate Canada’s First World War memorials in Europe
  • answer questions about local attractions and points of interest
  • give guided tours outdoors of preserved battlefields, trenches and underground tunnels, and in visitors’ centres
  • participate in remembrance activities and events

The experience

As a student guide, you will:

  • have a once-in-a-lifetime experience and develop lifelong friendships
  • learn about Canadian history including soldiers’ achievements and sacrifices
  • immerse yourself in French culture and language
  • serve as an ambassador for Canada and your province…and choose to share your experience through VAC’s social media platforms!
  • hear personal stories from visitors that you’ll never forget
  • hone your public speaking skills
  • travel in Europe on your free time (Arras is about an hour from Paris by train!)

Contact us

Have questions? Send us an email at vac.guideprogram-programmeguides.acc@canada.ca

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